Top 42 Things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia

Few places on the globe stir up interest quite like the mysterious cities of Russia. St Petersburg has become a top vacation spot for people all over the globe who want to unveil the mystery of this great city. There is no shortage of things to do in St Petersburg. Picture yourself walking among the ancient buildings and vibrant palaces in this city of beauty, mystery, and romance. Expedia.com is your inside guide to all the best attractions in St Petersburg.

Catherine Palace & Park Guided Tour
Admire the Catherine Palace, its renowned Amber Room, and beautiful park in the small city of Pushkin, south of St. Petersburg and named after the great Russian poet. One of the most beautiful residences of the Russian tsars, Catherine Palace... Read More

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5 hours

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$88
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Catherine Palace & Pavlovsk Great Palace & Park Tour with Lunch
Head to the small city of Pushkin to admire Catherine Palace, named after Peter the Great’s wife, Catherine I, and one of the most beautiful residences of the tsars. Then admire Pavlovsk Palace and its vast collection of paintings, expansive... Read More

$193

$183
per Traveler

City Center Walking Tour
Charming waterside walkways, dreamy canal footpaths, and elegant streets make St. Petersburg the perfect city to explore on foot. Stroll down the Nevsky Prospect, pass by buildings steeped in history, and capture the breathtaking panorama from the dome of magnificent... Read More

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2 hours

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$33

$30
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City Tour & State Hermitage Museum
This half-day guided tour of St. Petersburg takes you to some of the city's major highlights. Explore the landmarks of the UNESCO-listed city center by private car before checking out the incredible State Hermitage Museum—one of the world's largest and... Read More

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4 hours

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$122

$110
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Grand City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch & Admissions
Get the feel of the city's historical center and major monuments with your local guide. Admire the Hermitage Museum, Nevsky Prospect, and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Along the way, enjoy typical Russian dishes in the traditional restaurant. Read More

$227
per Traveler

Guided Canal & River Cruise
Cruise along the canals of St. Petersburg, rightfully called the "Northern Venice" with its complex system of more than 100 canals spanning 186 miles (300 km). With your professional guide leading the way, relax and admire glorious palaces, ornate bridges,... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

Free cancellation

$79
per Traveler

Guided Tour of The Russian Museum
With your expert guide leading the way, see the biggest collection of Russian fine art in St. Petersburg at the Russian Museum. Follow the evolution of Russian art, admire icons by Andrei Rublev in this opulent palace, and enjoy convenient... Read More

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Free cancellation

$79
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Historical City Walking Tour
Explore the historic capital of the Russian Empire for a look at the grandeur and majesty of this world-class city. A local guide takes you on a walk to monuments from the time when Tsars ruled from the Winter Palace... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

Free cancellation

$31
per Traveler

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Admire St Petersburg from atop a double-decker bus on this comprehensive hop-on hop-off tour of Russia’s imperial capital. Enjoy 360-degree views and unlimited rides, jumping on and off at iconic sites, including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Winter Palace, and the... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$10
per Adult

Illuminated City Evening Tour
As the day fades to night, St. Petersburg offers a variety of different perspectives depending on the season. In the winter admire the illuminated buildings, monuments, and palaces along the frozen Neva. If you visit during the White Nights of... Read More

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Free cancellation

$80
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Illuminated Tour by Night
As the sun goes down, St. Petersburg comes to life with an explosion of color and activity. Take a tour of the city center and get a unique perspective of the city's landmarks. View floodlit monuments, magical palaces, twinkling bridges,... Read More

Categories: Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

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$122

$109
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Live Performance of Russian Folk Dances & Music
Take in a beautiful, fiery, and emotional performance at one of the city's palaces to get a sense of the rich blend of ethnicities and cultures in Russia, stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific. The irresistible charm and... Read More

$65
per Traveler

Novgorod Day Trip
Enjoy a fascinating day out of St. Petersburg with a trip to one of Russia's most ancient cities, Novgorod. View significant monuments, including the 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral and the Old Marketplace. Indulge in a traditional Russian lunch in the... Read More

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11 hours

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$245

$219
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Novgorod Guided Full-Day Tour with Admissions
Discover the most prominent sights of this beautiful and historic city. Across the banks of the Volkhov River is the Museum of Wooden Architecture, featuring twenty civil and religious buildings brought here from different parts of the region. You can... Read More

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12 hours

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$289
per Traveler

Panoramic City Highlights Tour
Enjoy panoramic views of world-famous monuments like the State Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace on a tour of St. Petersburg accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Drive past ornate palaces, golden spires, and leafy parks. This tour offers a great... Read More

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3 hours

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$89

$80
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Panoramic City Tour
Get the feel of St. Petersburg's historical center and major monuments on a guided tour through the historic city. See prestigious buildings, grand monuments, and landmarks from the city's majestic and turbulent history on a journey that shows you the... Read More

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Free cancellation

$52
per Traveler

Pavlovsk Palace & Park Guided Tour
Led by your expert guide, explore Pavlovsk Palace and admire the elegant fireplaces made with Carrara marble as well as an extensive collection of paintings and porcelain. Then take in the beauty of the park, a masterpiece of landscape architecture... Read More

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5 hours

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$95
per Traveler

Peter & Paul Fortress & Panoramic City Tour
Explore the expansive Peter and Paul Fortress, once used as a political prison. Throughout the tour your guide narrates the city's history and points out architectural masterpieces, including the Russian Museum, the Church of the Savior on Blood, Smolny Cathedral,... Read More

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3 hours

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$99

$89
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Peter & Paul Fortress Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry
Enjoy a guided tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress, a museum located on an island opposite the Winter Palace. At the fortress, one of the best spots to enjoy magnificent views of the Neva’s southern bank, admire the cathedral... Read More

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3 hours

Free cancellation

$79
per Traveler

Peterhof Palace & Gardens Guided Tour
Marvel at the opulent Peterhof Palace, called the "Russian Versailles" and in former days "Petrodvorets," the main summer residence of the tsars. With transportation to and from St. Petersburg, enjoy a guided tour of the lavish palace, ornate rooms, and... Read More

$127
per Traveler

Private Grand Tour of St. Petersburg
Enjoy a full-day private guided tour of St. Petersburg that takes you on an insightful journey through the city's highlights. Explore the center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and view the fascinating State Hermitage Museum. Your day is complete... Read More

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8 hours

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$180

$162
per Traveler

Private Imperial Palaces Tour: Pavlovsk & Catherine Palaces
Journey back in time as you walk in the footsteps of prominent tsars at 2 of the country's most impressive palaces. Start in the town of Pushkin and explore the beautiful former home of Catherine the Great before venturing to... Read More

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5 hours

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$211

$188
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Private Minivan: St. Petersburg Airport (LED)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between St. Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport and your hotel in the comfort of a minivan. For transfers to and from St. Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

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40 minutes

Free cancellation

$76
per Vehicle

Private Pavlovsk Palace & Park Tour
Take some time to visit the beautiful Pavlovsk Palace, perhaps the most resplendent of the Russian imperial family's residences, once the home of Emperor Paul I. Step back in time to a period of fascinating history and opulent living. Read More

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4 hours

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$145

$130
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Private Peterhof Palace & Gardens Tour
Spend a day exploring the magnificent Peterhof estate. With a dreamy seafront setting, grandiose palace, and beautifully manicured gardens boasting over 140 fountains, Peterhof is widely recognized as being the most spectacular imperial palace in St. Petersburg. Read More

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4 hours

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$156

$139
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Private Standard Car: St. Petersburg Airport (LED)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between St Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport and your hotel in the comfort of a standard car. For transfers to and from St Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

40 minutes

Free cancellation

$56
per Vehicle

Private Tour of Catherine Palace
Head to Tsarskoe Selo (also known as Pushkin) and step inside the magnificent, baroque Catherine Palace, former home of Catherine the Great. Wander through ornately decorated ballrooms and feel history spring to life as your expert guide unlocks the secrets... Read More

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4 hours

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$156

$139
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Private Tour of Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood & Transportation
As you follow your knowledgeable guide, marvel at the towering façade, onion domes, and beautiful mosaics of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. As you explore the interior of the church, one of the city's iconic sights, admire... Read More

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Free cancellation

$76
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Private Tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral with Transportation
Led by an expert guide, explore the lavish structure—the largest orthodox basilica and fourth-largest cathedral in the world—featuring towering granite columns, semiprecious stones, and a dome covered with 220 pounds (100 kg) of gold. If you like, opt to visit... Read More

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Free cancellation

$76
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Shore Excursion: Private Catherine Palace & Pushkin Park Tour
Explore the remarkable city of Pushkin, once called Tsarskoye Selo, meaning “Village of the Tsars. ” Follow your guide as they lead you through the notable landmarks of this famous city. See Catherine Palace and learn about the lengthy construction... Read More

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5 hours

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$539
per Traveler

Shore Excursion: Private City Sightseeing & Hermitage Guided Tour
Get a feel of the city and its major monuments such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Explore the Hermitage Museum, home to paintings by da Vinci,... Read More

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5 hours

Free cancellation

$446
per Traveler

Shore Excursion: Private City Tour with Admissions
Get a feel for St. Petersburg with this exclusive private tour of the old imperial capital. See the former palace of Russian tsars, the city's magnificent churches, the ship that started the October Revolution, and the cabin where Peter the... Read More

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4 hours

Free cancellation

$260
per Traveler

Shore Excursion: Private City Tour with Admissions & Sightseeing Cruise
Explore St. Petersburg with an exclusive tour of its historical center and major monuments, plus a river cruise along the Neva. You can see some of the city's most magnificent churches, visit a historic fortress, and get a unique perspective... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours 15 minutes

Free cancellation

$440
per Traveler

Shore Excursion: Private Pushkin Palace & Peterhof Park Tour
Led by an expert guide, explore Catherine Palace in the small city of Pushkin and admire its renowned Amber Room. Then explore the beautiful gardens and 150 fountains of Peterhof Park and admire the Grand Palace. Read More

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5 hours

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$780
per Traveler

Small-Group St. Petersburg Discovery Tour
Explore historic St. Petersburg, also referred to as the “Venice of the North”, and its many facets with the help of an expert local guide on this walking tour. Discover the best of this Russian city through its spectacular architecture,... Read More

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3 hours

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$47
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Small-Group St. Petersburg Like a Local Tour
Explore the eclectic, locals-only side of Russia’s cultural capital with an expertly guided walking tour of St. Petersburg’s history through lesser-known sights—from the homes of controversial historical figures like Rasputin and Lenin to a Soviet-themed bar and homage to The... Read More

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3 hours

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$47
per Traveler

St. Isaac's Cathedral & Panoramic City Tour
Venture inside St. Petersburg's largest cathedral. This austere exterior gives little away. The inside is richly adorned with magnificent reliefs, ornate sculptures, and marble columns. Follow this guided visit with a city tour where you can enjoy panoramic views of... Read More

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3 hours

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$100

$90
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St. Petersburg CityPass
Save time and money with premier access to some of Saint Petersburg’s best sites as you explore at your own pace with a 2-day city card. With 5 guided tours and access to 21 attractions, including the ornate Marble Palace... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tickets & Passes

2 days

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$53
per Traveler

St. Petersburg River & Canal Cruise
Drift along waterways and see St. Petersburg from a different angle on a leisurely boat cruise. Pass under some of the city's 400 bridges and admire the 18th-century palaces, amazing cathedrals, and churches as well as many architectural landmarks that... Read More

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1 hour 30 minutes

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$47

$42
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State Hermitage Museum Fast-Track Entry & Guided Tour
Explore the magnificent Hermitage Museum, one of the most important sights in St. Petersburg. Skip long lines and follow your guide on a tour of the Hermitage, located in the Winter Palace—the former residence of the Russian tsars—and adjacent buildings... Read More

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Free cancellation

$95
per Traveler

Walking Tour with Entry to Russian Museum & Church of the Saviour on Blood
Get a look at the artistic and religious history of imperial Russia with a walking tour to some of St. Petersburg's grandest landmarks. Step into the State Russian Museum and the Church of the Savior on Blood to experience the... Read More

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Free cancellation

$73
per Traveler

Yusupov Palace Guided Tour
Get a glimpse of how Russian royalty lived during a tour of Yusupov Palace. This sumptuous building on the bank of the Moika River belonged to the Yusupov princes, the richest and most aristocratic family in Russia. Read More

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Free cancellation

$95
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